The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship
The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a Dual Campus Master of Arts Programme, is a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train young Asian professionals to become peace building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in organisations across the globe. The programme offers intensive, specialised language training to facilitate participation of professionals with lower levels of English proficiency, as well as the hands-on design and implementation of an intensive field project in Asia. MA coursework in an areas related to peace building (various specialisations available) and global politics are undertaken at UPEACE and AdMU respectively.
This 18 - 21 month (depending on English proficiency) intensive academic programme begins in March 2015 and is accomplished in five terms:
- Language training at AdMU in the Philippines (6 months for candidates with intermediate English, 3 months for candidates with advanced English).
- MA coursework at the UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica (various specialisations available).
- MA coursework at the AdMU campus in the Philippines.
- The implementation of a field project.
- MA coursework at AdMU campus in the Philippines.
Thirty admitted applicants will be granted a full scholarship, provided by The Nippon Foundation. This includes: all tuition fees, the language-training module, academic materials, air travel, living expenses and basic insurance during the period of studies.
Applications are accepted from students all over Asia.
The preference will be given to students who:
1. Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field;
2. Have Bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution;
3. Demonstrate a compelling desire to work on issues related to peace and conflict;
4. Demonstrate a commitment to learning in an international and multi-cultural environment.
5. Are from countries where English is not widely spoken, particularly Japan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.
1. Fill out the on-line application form.
2. Gather and upload a PDF copy of all the following materials:
- Official Undergraduate Transcript (Original or certified true copy)
- Official BA Degree (certified copy by the University Registrar)
- Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
- Two statements of purpose, one for each of the two MA Programmes of your choice
- English Proficiency Scores Report
- Copy of Passport
- 6 Passport Sized Pictures
- 2 Recommendation Letters (signed by the respective references)